The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, in Glasgow, Scotland, has announced Chinese conductor Junping Qian as its new Assistant Conductor.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, University of Cincinnati, Pierre Monteux Conducting School and Berlin's 'Hanns Eisler' Music Academy, Junping is a former 1st prize winner at the Bucharest International Conducting Competition – and currently serves as Assistant Conductor of the Shanghai Festival Orchestra.
“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Junping to the RSNO family … the standard of applications for this position were incredibly high, but Junping’s application, including his audition conducting the Orchestra, presented everything that we were looking for …” Music Director Thomas Søndergård has said.
“We are really looking forward to working with Junping … in the coming years he will play a vital and rewarding role in the musical life of Scotland,” he has said.
“I am incredibly humbled, honoured and excited to be taking on the position … I will do my best to help the organisation in whatever way I can, and am very much looking forward to working with Maestros Thomas Søndergård and Elim Chan for the next two years … as well as the fantastic musicians of the RSNO,” Junping has said.